Acquired via BookCrossing 04 Jul 2009 – from the Unconvention book table

It’s taken me a little longer than usual to get round to reading this one, as I don’t like to read very similar books at the same time, and spent a lot of the last couple of months working my way through that enormous Ted Heath biography.  Anyway, this covers a similar time but obviously from the "other side"; in fact I had a few worrisome moments when seen out and about with this one, and wish I’d stuck a label on the front saying "only reading it for information!".  

It was interesting.  I didn’t like the man, and I still don’t, but I did appreciate his mischeviousness in his early days as an MP, the wealth of detail about how he ran his election campaigns and Ministerial positions, and liked his appreciation of his staff’s hard work supporting him after the Brighton bombing.  His love for his family came through too, although it was a bit disconcerting to have to read about "Margaret" (Thatcher) and "My Margaret" (his wife)!

All in all I’m glad I read it, it was interesting to see a view of the 1970s and 80s that I’m not used to, it was very interesting to read it at the time of a General Election, and it reminded me why I’ve never voted Tory!